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Christmas Weekend Activities for Long Island Kids

A weekend full of family holiday festivities is at your fingertips across Long Island. Enjoy the final holiday light shows, like Boardwalk Lights and Jones Beach Magic of Lights, a holiday model train display, or holiday theater, such as A Christmas Carol or Frosty. There's still plenty of spots to see Santa with the kids before the big day, or get moving with some outdoor ice skating before you feast on Christmas goodies. 

Looking ahead to the week-plus of school vacation this December break? We've rounded up more than 30 fun activities to keep Long Island kids busy all break. You can drop in on at an indoor play space if the kids are bouncing off the walls, including two new ones: Momo's Clubhouse in Syosset or Sippy Cups Cafe in Seaford. 

For the most fun per square inch, check out the Mommy Poppins December GoList and Holiday Fun Guide. Find more weekend events in our Events Calendar.

Sensory Play Spaces and Experiences for Kids on Long Island

New sensory experiences are great for kids' development, from digging their hands into Play-Doh to swinging in a hammock. For those children with a disability or sensory issue, such interactions can be even more rewarding. Several museums and play spaces on Long Island have recognized this and built in unique sensory rooms and encounters into their popular children's attractions.

If lights, sounds, and crowds become major obstacles for your family, these half dozen spots will offer a calming environment geared at soothing little souls. 

Momo's Clubhouse Opens an Indoor Jungle Gym for Kids in Syosset

Kids in Long Island's Syosset gained a brand-new play space this fall. Momo's Clubhouse opened in September, offering all-day drop-in play at its indoor playground, birthday parties, classes for toddlers and preschoolers, and even snacks and coffee for the parents.

We, of course, had to hear more! The bright indoor space is designed to promote imagination and creativity for ages 2 through 9, though there is a separate section (and lower pricing) for crawling babies, too!

Read on for our review of this new Nassau play space, and find more local indoor fun in our Long Island's top Long Island Play Space guide, including those just right for toddlers.

Sippy Cups Cafe: A New Play Space with Snacktime

A play space where parents can grab a cup of joe— and drink it while it's still hot—with the kiddies exploring in plain sight? That's the setup at Sippy Cups Cafe in Seaford, a play space plus cafe for adults with children ages 6 and younger.

Looking for more inside fun this season? Check out our guide to Long Island's top indoor play spaces. If you have a younger child, you might want to see our list of the best indoor play spaces for LI toddlers. Enjoy.

Thanksgiving Weekend for Long Island Kids: Holiday Lights, Trains, Santa

Get ready to gobble your way into some serious family fun this Thanksgiving weekend. Exercise before the feast in a Turkey Day trot. Be transported back to days of old at Old Bethpage Village Restoration's 1863 Thanksgiving Holiday. Marvel at the colorful Festival of Trees at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, and get ready for full holiday fun, including those seasonal model train shows and holiday light displays.

The Bayville Winter Wonderland is open, and Santa is popping up all over the island this weekend, including at Polar Express Trolley Ride in Riverhead, with his Reindeer at Old Westbury, at the Port Jefferson Santa Parade and Workshop, and in children's holiday theater. He'll even join us for brunch soon, so make your reservations!

For more seasonal fun, check out our Long Island Holiday Guide, and close out this holiday weekend with our final top event picks in the November GoList.

'Magic of Lights' Holiday Celebration Returns to Jones Beach

Enjoy a luminescent holiday light show at Jones Beach State Park right from the comfort of your toasty car as Magic of Lights returns to Long Island's South Shore this season. 

The 2½-mile drive-through holiday light show illuminates the skies—and brings smiles to all those who visit. It last was staged on Long Island in 2015.

For more seasonal fun, check out our Long Island Events Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide.

Halloween Weekend for LI Kids: Parades, Parties, Pumpkins

This Halloween weekend, spook up some fun for the whole family. Carve a pumpkin and set it afloat at the the Great Jack o' Lantern Spectacular Sail at Belmont Lake State Park. Enjoy safe trick-or-treating in Long Beach, at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, or the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington.

Do the monster mash and party like a ghoul at the Ghostly Gala at the Long Island Children's Museum, the Milleridge Halloween Village, the Halloween Festival at Heritage Park in Mount Sinai, or the Haunted Hatchery at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery.

Check out our Halloween Guide for more local fun, and be sure to keep an eye on the forecast this weekend. You may want to call, or check the venue's website, before heading out.

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